On Life after Death

Attached is an essay from C.G. Jung on his view of life after death. His witting is always interesting and this one I enjoy in particular. Jung says, “What I have to tell about the hereafter, and about life after death, consists entirely of memories, of images in which I have lived and of thoughts which have buffeted me. These memories in a way also underlie my works; for the latter are fundamentally nothing but attempts, ever renewed, to give an answer to the question of the interplay between the “here” and the “hereafter.” Yet I have never written expressly about a life after death; for then I would have had to document my ideas, and I have no way of doing that. Be that as it may, I would like to state my ideas now.”

CG Jung – Life After Death.pdf

Comments (3):

  1. Don

    November 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm


    Thanks for this very interesting essay, new material for me which I would like to study in depth and correlate with his other work. It would especially help to have source info, and a date.

    Thanks. Hope all is well with you.


  2. Matthew

    November 3, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Hey Don. Good question. No doubt it is from the Collected Works somewhere but I found it in a little book called, “Jung on Death and Immortality” by Jenny Yates (page 137). I can’t find my copy. Amazon.com has used copies for $5 here.

    Update: It’s from “Dreams, Memories, Reflections”. Page 299.

  3. Don

    November 3, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Many thanks. After linking to the Yates book, I found the essay as chap XI of Memories, Dreams, Reflections which I had not looked at for a very long time. (I thought it sounded vaguely familiar!) The Yates book (1999, Princeton Paperbacks) looks very good, a convenient anthology including other material from the CW and letters. My main (and continuing) question is, what is the physical/cosmic model which accomodates these ideas. I need to look at it much more carefully, but it looks like it will fit pretty well with the “nuocontinuum” idea [dbScriptorium link > pleromatics]. I’m glad you have prompted me to take another look at Jung, after having focused on other things for a while.



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